Union representatives point to worsening outage rates as proof positive of the dilapidated and obsolete state of Telstra's copper network, and the urgent need for a better NBN plan.

The ailing condition of Telstra’s century-old copper network has deprived tens of thousands of Australians of internet or phone connections for as long as a month, with the company’s maintenance workers struggling to deal with a copious backlog of repair work. National wait time figures leaked to the press indicate…